Goodbye London: will Brexit be the end of the love affair between Italians and England?
11 Oct 2017, 18:00 to 11 Oct 2017, 19:29
Modern Italian History
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Enrico Franceschini (London correspondent of La Repubblica)
In collaboration with the Modern Italy seminar and the Rethinking Modern Europe seminar, the IHR and the Association for the Study of Modern Italy present ASMI's 2017 'Modern Italy' lecture.
London is the city with the highest number of Italian immigrants in the world, 300,000 officially, perhaps twice as many unofficially. It is not a “Little Italy” but a “Big Italy” – wherever you go, you meet an Italian or something that is Italian. But Brexit threatens to change this. The number of Italians coming to London has already declined. Many who are here have doubts: they could obtain the legal right to stay, the “settled status” or Permanent Residence Card, but do not feel welcome anymore. A great love story might become, at best, a marriage of convenience or end, at worst, with a painful break-up. For the Italians and not only for us, London was the most successful brand on Earth. Now it risks becoming a damaged brand.
Followed by a wine reception
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